Since its inception in 1989, Golden Tee has become a ubiquitous part of barroom popular culture. Throughout this time, millions have played on over 100,000 units in bars and pubs in more than a dozen different countries.
The original title Golden Tee Golf was introduced in 1989. A 2-D video golf experience, it was Golden Tee Golf's competitive nature and cutting-edge trackball control that formed the model of success that the game thrived off of ever since. Its uniquely intuitive controls, coupled with a simple, yet highly competitive video game experience, earned Golden Tee the title of the "pool table of the next generation" among the masses.
This paved the way for the success of Golden Tee 3-D in 1995 and Golden Tee FORE! in 2000. Throughout those years the game went from a small nightly tradition for some, to a pop-culture phenomenon. The world came to expect Golden Tee in the corner of every pub and millions of players craved the competitive social experience that the game is famous for.
In 2005, the video golf mold was broken again with the release of Golden Tee LIVE – a revolutionary always-online version of Golden Tee. More than just a Golden Tee Fore! update, LIVE utilizes state-of-the-art technology to bring Golden Tee's excitement to new heights by simply combining it with a tried and true feature: competition. Real-Time competition.
At any point, in any pub, players can now compete against golfers from around the world. The addition of online play has created a new wave of stat tracking and competition where players can play for prizes and monitor their progress and improvement both on the game and Goldentee.com.
In Golden Tee 2015, this competition has been taken to another level. The addition of the Daily Contest allows players to compete against other virtual golfers, each and every day, in an all-new online game mode.
From a local standpoint, King of the Hill—another new game mode—also makes its debut in 2015. This is all about being the best in your bar. Gone are the days where you ever have to play alone; with King of the Hill, you can watch (and play against) the best round on that course for that week. After all, local competition is what propelled the game to where it is today.
It’s why the Golden Tee Facebook Page—the social home away from Goldentee.com—is as active as it is today, a clubhouse where players of all skill levels can share their great YouTube™ uploads and offer up advice. It’s why we’ve been able to crown champions and honor trackball giants, and also why the community is stronger than it’s ever been.
It’s why, after 25 years, Golden Tee is still a bar staple. The world’s most popular golf game has, in almost every possible way, become so much more.
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